This bad-quality video is a trailer for the 1995 ‘mockumentary’ Forgotten Silver, directed by Peter Jackson and Costa Botes. It’s a documentary about lost filmmaking pioneer Colin McKenzie. After finding most of his filmmaterial, the documentary makers discover the innovations he tried (and succeeded) within filmmaking, and make an attempt in finishing his masterwork.
Inspirational because, the authenticity of the old footage, the make-believe of a true story, the combination of serious/informative and humorous/spoof (although the humor isn’t that obvious.), a film about film.
Here above is a (lengthy) trailer for the documentary American Movie. It follows independent, amateur moviemaker Mark Borchardt in an attempt to finish his low-budget horror film Coven, in order to raise money for his ‘dream project’, Northwestern. You could say it’s a comedy, because it is actually quite funny, but it is also a often sad, but also inspiring story/fiml.
Inspirational because, the passion of the documentary’s subject Mark, the low-budget, do-it-yourself mentality, again a film about film.
The Boy With The Incredible Brain
Above is the trailer for a documentary about Daniel Tammet, a man with the savant syndrome. Daniel is a special case, because, unlike other people with savant syndrome, he is fully socially developed like any other person, but also has a special ‘gift’, which is characteristic for people with savant syndrome. He sees numbers as shapes and colors, and because of that he is able to calculate complicated math questions in his head within seconds, without solving the question, he just ‘sees’ the right answer.
Inspirational because, formost, the subject matter. It baffles me what the human brain is capable of. Besides that, the animation/visualisation in this documentary is very good, it tries to visualize something that can’t be imagined by a ‘normal’ person. And in the end, it’s just a very inspiring story.